European Union External Action

The new €474 million co-operation package for Afghanistan launched at Geneva ministerial

28/11/2018 - 11:19
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A financial package worth €474 million was concluded at the Geneva ministerial conference on Afghanistan on 27-28 November 2018. The country’s public sector will receive €311 million to sustain its reform program and for the fight against corruption. Support will go to basic service delivery, improved financial management and macro-economic stability efforts. In particular, the focus will be on mobilizing domestic fiscal revenue. Further emphasis will be put on the development of human rights and democratic governance, the peace process and work towards achieving gender equality. Health and nutrition is a central EU priority in the country, where €80 million will be spent in cooperation with the Afghan government. 

Afghanistan’s justice sector reform will be aided by €31 million of EU cooperation funds that will assist the Attorney General's office to become more effective and also Afghan civil society to ensure that the Afghan justice system is accountable to citizens.

To address the challenges in migration and forced displacement, the EU and the Government of Afghanistan have signed a new commitment worth €37 million that will be used for the reintegration of people on the move and returnees in Afghanistan. This commitment brings the total EU contribution to the migration challenges in the region to almost €230 million.

For next year’s presidential and provincial council elections, support will amount to €15.5 million.

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, agreed the cooperation package at the Geneva Conference for Afghanistan, signing the financing agreements with the Afghan Minister of Finance Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi.

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